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social immediate platforms, stay safe and we'll see you in a half hour. . saturday night, state of disaster, the rising toll in california in lives and property. the wildfires forcing 100,000 to evacuate, destroying almost 6,000 homes and businesses. breaking news, the motion picture academy overwhelmingly votes to expel harvey weinstein. hostages' ordeal, the harring exclusive new details of years in captivity for an american woman and her family. season of war, the declaration for former white house adviser, steve bannon as he steps up his attacks on the republican establishment. cold case arrests, five people charged in connection with a murder 34 years ago. flying high, a program that helps young people soar in the air and in life. "nightly news" begins
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now. today more than 100,000 californians have evacuating their homes. fire has been burning since last sunday are likely to continue spreading. 50 mile per hour wind gusts whipping the flames this afternoon. so far, at least 38 people have been confirmed dead. the weather forecast suggesting mother nature will not help tamp down the 16 fires burning from mendocino to south of los angeles and anaheim. no rain expected until
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thursday or friday at the latest. >> jose, this is the evacuation zone, looks like a ghost town, you can see this entire area has been leveled, cars gutted out and hollowed out by fire, with more winds expected tonight, this fire may become even more deadly. >> sheriff's office. >> 100,000 californians under evacuation, as first responders go door to door. >> sir, you got to go. >> body cam footage released over night, shows them pulling victims from their homes. >> where are you at? >> she's disabled. >> let me get her feet, let me get her feet. >> for david jocelyn. >> there are no houses, nothing left. >> there was no warning. this is the first time he's seen his home since the flames erupted while he was sleeping. his family narrowly escaped with their lives. >> my wife woke me up, it was a firestorm. >> their once cherished home reduced to rubble. >> it was our only kind of extravagance,
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we don't travel, we drive old cars. but we had a beautiful house that we couldn't afford when we moved into it. >> reporter: theirs just one of the more than 5700 structures scorched across the state. coroners are going door to door, combing through ash. >> we're not out of the woods and have work to do. >> as winds threaten to reignite the very winds that threatened to destroy the acres. firefighters scramble to save what's left. families like the jocelyns spend another night away from home. >> okay, so it's a house, but we're alive. >> morgan ratford, nbc news, santa rosa, california. the expulsion of harvey weinstein from the motion picture of arts and sciences. the board voted to remove him late today as new allegations of sexual harassment emerged. we get the latest from anne thompson.
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>> reporter: few courted and coveted oscars like harvey weinstein, today the academy kicked him out. the board of governors voting overwhelmingly to expel the once powerful and feared producer. saying the willful ignorance and predatory behavior in our industry is over. >> was there an element of pay back that's possible here? >> there is a huge element of pay back for the years of -- not only the sexual abuse against women which is horrible, but also the emotional abuse that he sort of yielded willy-nilly on this industry. >> the latest actress eva green. she claims weinstein was inappropriate during a business meeting in paris. telling "variety" i had to push him off. i got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted. in an interview with the hollywood
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reporter, bob weinstein, estranged brother and business partner said he would cooperate with any police investigation of harvey, my brother is the one that should pay with everything, and i mean literally whether it's criminal or otherwise, i will be supportive of all that. >> bob weinstein says he's talked to harvey twice since the scandal broke, and says harvey has no remorse whatsoever. he insists the weinstein company board didn't know the extent of harvey's actions, if harvey plans to challenge his firing, he can fight, it will be a losing fight. after a major defeat today. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. former white house senior strategist steve bannon renewed his assault on the republican party establishment today. attacking some of them by name, and vowing to help defeat them in the next election. his audience was a group of conservative christians. >> reporter: president trump was out playing golf and playing nice
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today, with republican senator lindsey graham, a member of the gop establishment. just as trump's former chief strategist steve bannon played with fire. >> right now, it's a season of war against a gop establishment. >> reporter: stoking passions of christian conservatives at today's voters value summit. the economic nationalist forced out of his white house post in august, threatens to drive top republicans out of power. seething contempt toward mitch mcconnell. >> yeah, mitch, the donors are not happy, they've all left you. we've cut your oxygen off, mitch, okay? >> he challenged the field of republicans who criticize president trump, like bob corker, who publicly questioned the president's competence, and after being attacked by trump, corker called the white house adult day care. >> bob corker has trashed the commander
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and chief of our armed forces while we have young men and women in harm's way. >> bannon demanded these gop senators up for re-election denounced that criticism of president trump or face the ire of conservative voters. >> guys like corker and mitch mcconnell need to go. >> they need a wakeup call. they're not representing our values. >> grassroots conservatives are ready to tear down the republican party. >> these folks are coming for you. the day of taking a few nice conservative votes and hiding is over. >> reporter: bannon expressed his support for president trump and claims to still have insider knowledge here. the reality is, the trump white house is trying to work with some of the republicans bannon called out. president trump even has a lunch scheduled with mitch mcconnell monday. disturbing new details emerged today about what it was like for an american woman, her canadian husband and their family as
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they endured five years of captivity in afghanistan. they were held by a group linked to the taliban. the husband is describing their ordeal. nbc's lucy kafanov has the story. >> reporter: until this week, the only life he and his two siblings knew was captivity in afghanistan. his father speaking out about the hostage ordeal publicly for the first time. telling nbc news exclusively they had lived in an underground dungeon, just 66 square feet. dripping water and their beds covered in thick mold. murdering their fourth child, a baby girl. >> the stupidity and evil of the hakani networks, kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife was eclipsed by the stupidity and evil of murdering my infant daughter and the subsequent rape of my wife.
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>> reporter: the pakistani military released new video of the family being freed. the couple was kidnapped in 2012. she was seven months pregnant when they were taken. kaitlyn's father slamming his son in law for bringing her to afghanistan. >> taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, it's unconscionable. >> there are many unanswered questions about the family's harrowing experience. tonight joshua tells nbc news they're grateful for going from death row to a new lease on life, lucy kafanov, nbc news. tense moments this morning at laguardia airport. a disgruntled customer told an airport employee that he had a bomb. a threat prompted a partial shut down of one of the terminals. no bomb was found, the man was arrested. at another airport, this one in north carolina, a bomb was found recently. and police say it was
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set to explode. nbc's ron allen has more on the plot and the suspect. >> reporter: friday morning, one of the busiest times at asheville regional airport, exactly when authorities say michael christopher estes planted a homemade bomb, saying he was getting ready to fight a war on u.s. soil. an explosive backed in a mason jar, ammonium nitrate used by terrorists worldwide, sterno gel for fuel. items he bought nearby at walmart and lowe's. >> he had explosives, a detonator, timer, shrapnel and intent, and he had all the ingredients for agony, misery and death. >> security footage shows the suspect entering the airport at 12:39 a.m., carrying a bag and
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soon after, leaving without it the bomb was set to explode at 6:00 a.m., but didn't. police discovered the device an hour later at 7:00 a.m. the suspect was arrested the next day. the fear, attacks like the brussels airport, outside security screening. three suitcase sized bombs detonated. 40 killed. ft. lauderdale in january, five people killed when a gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area. >> airports and transportation hubs are targets. they've ramped up their security after attacks like at the ft. lauderdale airport, they're conscious of their perimeter. >> in asheville, disaster averted. a reminder of the security challenges ahead. ron allen, nbc news. there is growing concern tonight about violent attacks against journalists in mexico, the committee to protect journalists says mexico has become the deadliest country for journalists in the western hemisphere. one of the latest victims, a photojournalist found dead last week. >> dozens of protesters, mostly journalists, gathered outside a government
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building, demanding justice for the 23-year-old freelance journalist, killed in a mexican state last week. his body found near an airport with multiple gunshot wounds and signs of tore tour. >> one of his colleagues saying, journalists are being murdered and we demand justice. his family says he was abducted from his home by gunmen wearing police uniforms. today the attorney general told nbc news, we cannot confirm who the suspects are, it is still part of the investigation. a few months ago, he told authorities he had been threatened by investigators over photos he had taken at the scene of a shooting. mexico's federal agency responsible for protecting journalists says he reported two incidents in july, where police and detectives had
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confronted him, but according to the agency, he declined protection. >> what are the kinds of risks journalists take in mexico, simply for doing their job. >> when you're covering tremendous violence, you can't cover them without being exposed to the violence yourself. >> the committee to protect journalists found that since 1992, at least 41 journalists in mexico have been killed in connection to their work. drug cartels are expected in more than half of those cases. 51 others have been killed in cases where the motive is unclear. >> level of impunity for all crimes in mexico is very high. and if it's a political murder carried out by powerful forces, there's almost no possibility -- >> at his funeral, his father said he always wanted to make us happy. his family is devastated. and tonight there are growing questions about freedom of the press in mexico. and the deadly price many pay pursuing the truth. >> he's being remembered not only for his journalism, but his work as a volunteer medic. still ahead
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tonight, two weeks after the mass shooting in las vegas, we'll look at the impact on the first responders, what they are going through. also, a break in the search for justice in the murder of a young man 34 years after he was killed. police among those arrested.
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almost two weeks after a gunman killed 58 people, the massacre's impact is far from over, not
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only for the families shattered by the attack, but so many who responded. >> the details still haunt las vegas emt glenn simpson. >> at one point we were creating stethoscopes to create tunicates. it was disbelief that we had to do it. >> he saved many lives that horrible sunday night, but lost his friend cameron robin it's been difficult do sleep at night. one of my friends who was attending the event was shot and killed. >> reporter: they're now trying to cope with the traumatic memories. a rate as high as soldiers returning from combat. >> you can't get it out of your mind. >> the chief arrived to council comrades, he was on the front lines of the columbine
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shooting and knows firsthand the signs of ptsd. >> i felt like crying a lot. i felt i was on edge. i'd be yelling at people i would never do that before. >> an incredibly impactful night. >> jeff is from vegas, trained to counsel first responders. >> we're starting the healing process now, we take it seriously, and we want all of our members to be healthy after a traumatic event. >> the symptoms can be triggered by stressful events, so a long term support system is key. >> paranoid, you know, even just being in my house alone last night was difficult. noises aren't bothering me. but even coming down here to the strip and just realizing on that night, it was the quietest i've ever heard the las vegas strip. >> after rushing in to care for others, now the caregivers may need help too. dr. john torres, nbc news, las vegas.
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up next, how the long search for justice may be over in a racially charged murder case. among those arrested, two law enforcement officers.
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investigators say they have solved a racially motivated murder case that had gone cold more than three decades ago, the victim was a young african-american man. among the five suspects arrested in connection with the case. two law enforcement officers. here's tom costello.
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>> his name was timothy coggins, in 1983, he was 23 years old, when he was found dead, brutally beaten in this grassy field an hour south of atlanta. now, 34 years later, five suspects arrested, among them, two law enforcement officers. a detention officer and a local police officer as well as his mother all charged with obstruction of justice. charged with murder, 59-year-old frankie gephardt and bill moore. >> it became very apparent to all the investigators that were involved, that the death was racially motivated. if it would have happened in 2017 that it would be prosecuted as a hate crime. >> reporter: since the murder, timothy's parents have both passed away. the family says his mother spoke of him in her final moments just last year. >> even up until the last days when -- you know, she was extremely ill, when
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she cried out in pain and agony, she cried out tim's name, her son's name. >> reporter: the georgia bureau of investigation reopened the case last march, when new evidence came to light. soon, witnesses who say they've been too afraid to talk for three decades came forward. >> this was not just meant to kill, it was meant to send a message. >> reporter: gephardt and moore lived locally and have violent criminal histories. the family always wondered whether racism played a role in the murder. >> tim was a cousin, a brother, an uncle. most of all, he was a human being that didn't deserve what he got. >> the original homicide investigators who worked the case, say gephardt and moore were always the prime suspects. both men now in custody, the sheriff says more arrests could come. when we come back, a program that helps kids make it to new heights.
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we end tonight with a story about young people flying high in more ways than one. an unusual club that teaches them, not even the sky is the limit. >> reporter: it's one of the rarest sights in the sky. no, not the plane or the hills below. but the person sitting in the pilot's seat. meet 18-year-old
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samantha carter, who's just landed her pilot's license. joining an extremely small sisterhood. >> what about this do you enjoy so much? >> it's so different. it's nice to do something that not everyone does. >> according to the faa, fewer than 2% of pilots are black. and in the commercial airline industry, it's just 1%. >> everybody know what this is. >> it's the reason for the red tail hawks flying club. >> we're looking at the fuselage. >> the washington state based chapter, black pie lots of america. gives minority youth the motivation, training and skills to fly. >> air force veteran and boeing engineer jesse hayes started the program in 2013. >> my mission with the kids is really to get them fired up about their own lives, so they can make educated choices about their own career about. >> jesse says since the club started, it's inspired hundreds of young students to get excited about math and science. and a select few to become world class pilots.
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>> this is where i truly wanted to be. >> spencer was passionate about flying before he was old enough to run. >> my first word is bird, and my mom always cracks on me about that one. >> reporter: your first word was bird? >> not mom, not dad, but bird. >> reporter: spencer graduated with a degree in aeronautics, and competes in flying competitions. >> i feel accomplished, but i'm still hungry, there's more i want. >> reporter: it's the mission that guides the wings of the red tail hawks. >> we get a pallet or two out of the deal, it's awesome. we want them to do great things in their lives. >> inspiring the flock by flying high. steve patterson, nbc news, washington. and that's nbc "nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow on nightly news with kate snow, preserving american homes that came in a kit and with stood the test of time. i'm jose diaz balart, thank you for the privilege of your time. and good night. new evacuations tonight in the
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north bay. the governor, touring the damage in person, as right now, new vashs tonight in the north bay. the governor touring the damage in person as thousands of people hope today's weather doesn't hold firefighters back. thanks for joining us on this saturday night. it remains a fight across
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the bay tonight. new fires popping up this evening. the shifting winds forcing a lot of people out of their homes. this video just into the newsroom over sonoma county. this video shows the huge plumes of smoke behind a winery. we have new video to show you from napa county of the air attack under way right now along napa road. helicopters are putting out the small fires that seem to be popping up everywhere. cal fire confirms 40 people are dead bosth in the bay area and across california. 42 are in sonoma.

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